Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub Primary (V751)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Kent and Medway Training
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
QTS

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.thamesgatewaytsh.org.uk
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Contents

Course summary

KMT is an accredited provider of school based teacher training in the South East and across Kent. We welcome trainees from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience – be it recent graduates from university or experienced professionals looking for a change.

At KMT we’ll support you on your journey. You’ll train to teach in one of our partner schools, spending as much time as possible in the classroom with an experienced practitioner as your mentor. We believe that the most effective way to train to teach is to allow you to spend the maximum time possible in the classroom with an experienced practitioner. You’ll benefit from valuable classroom experience and be able to participate as an active member of the school community from day one. Throughout your training you’ll be supported and assessed as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status, often referred to as QTS. Your teaching practice will be observed and you’ll receive guidance and support from your school-based Mentors, KMT Lead Mentors and your KMT Hub Directors.

You will be an employee of the school while training, with responsibility for your own class and an established timetable. The teaching commitment level you begin at and the plan for how this builds up will be determined with you in conjunction with KMT and the school, taking into account your previous experience and training needs. Over the programme, you will teach a maximum of 80% of a full weekly timetable. You will have a six-week placement at another school, which will offer you the opportunity to teach in the alternative Key Stage.

You will be school-based four days per week where you will be involved in observations, teaching, staff training, parents’ evenings, school meetings, extra-curricular clubs: all the facets of a teacher’s school life. On Thursdays, you will have your pedagogical training with KMT. Your central-based training will include subject-specific sessions that cover all thirteen primary curricular areas and professional studies sessions that will equip you with a secure understanding of educational practices and theories. Central-based training follows a hybrid approach, with a mixture of in-person and remote sessions. Each week, your school-based mentor will help you put your learning into practice. In addition, to complement Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and if you would like to engage more with educational research, you can opt to register for a Distance Learning PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Leeds Beckett University.

School placements

You will have an A-placement school, which is where you will spend the majority of your training year, based in a particular year group and key stage. For a period of six weeks at a point between Christmas and Easter, you will be based at your B-placement school, which is organised for you by KMT, in order to gain experience teaching the alternative key stage. Over the year, you will learn how to teach across both KS1 and KS2 and your teaching commitment will build to a maximum of 80% of a full timetable at a pace that is individual to you. You will be supported by a mixture of expert teachers and leaders within your placement schools and by the primary team at KMT.

You will be in placement from the beginning of the academic year, with QTS being awarded at the start of July. You will attend a full induction with KMT prior to starting in your school placement.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Coxheath Primary School
Stockett Lane, Coxheath, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 4PS
No
Loose Primary School
Loose Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9UW
No
Oaklands School
Weedswood Road, Walderslade, Kent, ME5 0QS
No
Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase
Derby Drive, Leybourne Chase, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5FF
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification

Candidates with pending GCSEs will be considered Equivalency tests will be accepted in English or maths.

We accept Level 2 in English and Maths only.

Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted.

Personal qualities

In order to train with us you must be:

  • passionate about your subject
  • resilient and resourceful
  • dedicated to educating and supporting young people
  • self-reflective
  • open to constructive criticism
  • professional
  • proactive
  • a strong communicator
  • be organised

Other requirements

Before the course begins, you will need:

  • at least 10 experience days in a primary school or academy
  • at least 2 experience days in a secondary school or academy
  • DBS check
  • Health check declaration

It is useful to attend at least one school experience day or informal chat with a school representative before applying so that you can get a feel for the chosen school and what it can offer as a training placement.

Salary

Salaried Trainees are paid according to the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale. The school will cover your fees to KMT for QTS. If you wish to complete the PGCE there is an additional cost of £1,650 (subject to change).

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

As one of the DfEs 87 Teaching School Hubs, our mission to ‘provide excellent professional development opportunities to support educators as they shape the lives of every child in our region’ drives our work. This evidence-based, comprehensive offer starts when colleagues enter the very first stages of their leadership journey with us and place a commitment to world-class Initial Teacher Training at the heart of our work.

Our partnership with KMT leads to exciting opportunities to provide professional development which enables our colleagues to thrive as they move through their ITT opportunities into their Early Career Teacher programmes and beyond.

We have led Initial Teacher Training for nearly ten years. Colleagues work with us from schools all over Medway and further afield. With our work underpinned by our core values of integrity and a shared ambition, a pursuit for being research led and a commitment to collaboration, our partnerships are rich and diverse. We are delighted to work with schools in every stage and phase, from Early Years to Post-16, with expertise in SEN, and with the full spectrum of specialisms.

We are proud of our commitment to mentoring and to working with our Curriculum Hubs to provide specialist curriculum support. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Seeing our children thrive is at the centre of all we do.

We are excited to welcome you to start your journey with us.

Interview process

KMT as an Equal Opportunities organisation will always ensure that fair procedures are being followed, therefore, a structured interview forms a core part of our recruitment process. To ensure transparency of our course content, a training provision checklist is made available to candidates prior to the interview.

Your interview will include:

  • initial meeting between the candidate and the Hub Director to discuss the training provision;
  • an introductory opening when the interview panel joins;
  • reading a book to a group of children;
  • a schedule of questions which are asked by panel members;
  • space for candidates to raise any issues or ask their own questions;
  • the close of the interview, explanation of what will happen next;

If you are successful at the interview, a conditional offer will be made.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We value equality and believe in the uniqueness and worth of each individual, and the experience they bring. We look to work positively, capturing what’s good and building upon it, providing holistic support and nurture for both staff and pupils. We are therefore committed to working with colleagues who require additional support throughout their training.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@tgtsh.org.uk
Telephone
01634412265
Website
http://www.thamesgatewaytsh.org.uk
Address
Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub
Leigh Academies Trust c/o Strood Academy
Strood
Kent
ME2 2SX

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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